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on 27 October 2014
I really like this book, since I have just begun to read it!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2009
If you love London and History then this really is a pip!

I'm a big fan of both and got this for Christmas (well I actually chose & paid for it) and was not dissapointed. A very enjoyable read and something that is easy to pick up/lay down, offering a slightly different angle to the City and History that we all (should) love.

Well worth the purchase

JJ
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on 2 February 2015
Some fascinating stories written in a lively fashion
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2009
This book was recently reviewed on the Robert Elms programme, BBC Radio LONDON. It was because of this I decided to but a copy and I totally agree with them that this book is a cracking read for anyone that have an interest in London's history.
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on 4 March 2015
Excellent and informative book of London
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book because I love London and London history. It is very comprehensive and well-organised, by geographical location and then London Borough. The author takes each location, for example, 'Highgate Cemetery', describing any folk-tales or legends about the place, then explaining how they arose. I like the fact that he mentions when and why buildings etc were rebuilt or radically altered - for example, a great deal of restoration work was done after the bombing of WWII.

However, this author seems to take a delight in demolishing folk-tales and legends, rather than celebrating and treasuring them. For example, his assertion that the legend about the ravens, and the dire results to come if they should ever leave the Tower of London dates from 'around 1955' and is probably 'tourist guide' talk, just does not accord with my parents' and grandparents' memories of this tale, which they said was alive and kicking pre 1910 at least, and told them by their own grandparents, born in the 1860s. It was much-referred to during 1940, when the question of their evacuation to a zoo in the country arose. This is the challenge of oral versus written history, of course.

I like the comprehensive nature of this book, and its organisation is meticulous and clear. I love the illustrations too. I'm not quite so keen on its general tone - as a London lover I prefer to cherish the 'old stories' but value some realiable input on the truth of their origin.

The book is, I'm afraid, not ideal for those with a visual disability, because it runs to over 400 pages; difficult to cram into a standard-size paperback.
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on 30 December 2014
Excellent product and service
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on 23 April 2015
A1all round
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2014
bought this as present for friend, who loves London. There was a little wear and tear but both like second hand books. Arrived well in allotted time scale
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on 23 November 2013
Very enjoyable even if not "true". Makes London Bus travel more enjoyable loosing yourself in this substantial compendium of stories.
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